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Discovering the early records of Merlin the Magician

Experts from Durham and Bristol universities have identified some of the oldest surviving manuscript fragments of the legend of Merlin the Magician.
Bristol Merlin manuscript

Professor discovers missing link in carbon cycle through the study of rocks

Professor Robert Hilton from our Department of Geography has found a missing link in the natural carbon cycle through the study of rocks.
Carbon rocks

Law professor to help review UK medical practice

One of our Law professors will play a key role in the review of professional values, knowledge and behaviours expected of UK medics.
A doctor check their records on a tablet device

Durham: a world-leading university

We’re celebrating three league table successes that demonstrate how Durham is a world-leading and world-changing university.
Students sitting at a table

How bursts of rain in pre-historic Arabia helped human migration

New archaeological finds show that periods of increased rainfall transformed the Arabian Desert into a regular route for human migration over the last 400,000 years.
Archaeologists in the Nefud Desert in Saudi Arabia carrying out fieldwork

The fantasy of sustainability

Professor Thom Brooks from our Durham Law School comments on climate change.
Picture of a tree

Countdown to COP26 - Durham representatives to attend COP26

Representatives from Durham University will be attending COP26 following confirmation that we have been granted provisional observer status for this year’s event.
Image of Glasgow skyline

Modern history cave art produced to celebrate new video game

One of our archaeologists has helped to create modern history as cave art to celebrate the launch of a new video game.
Professor Pettitt looking at the cave art images

Lighting up Durham

This November will see the return of Durham of Lumiere, the light festival which every two years turns our beautiful city into a stunning, immersive art gallery. Once again we’ll be supporting the event as a major partner.
Image showing the installation Cosmic Architecture by Nina Dunn and John Del’Nero, located at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Lumiere 2019

Gareth Southgate’s England team have shown us more caring ways of being a man

Over the summer, people across England were drawn to the successes of the men’s football team at Euro 2020, with many commenting on the likeability of the players. As the new Premier League season begins today, Stephen Burrell looks at how Gareth Southgate’s team have been challenging restrictive notions of masculinity.
Gareth Southgate football players wall mural

Prestigious award for galaxy evolution research

Did you know that the giant galaxies we see today grew from tiny fluctuations imprinted in the very first instants in the life of our universe?
Professor Carlos Frenk has won the Royal Society's Rumford Medal.

Supporting women to succeed in High Performance Computing

We’re delighted to be playing a key role in improving diversity and opportunity for women in High Performance Computing.
A conference for women in high performance computing